I hate to admit it but every year I dread the monsoons. It warms my heart that my son still loves to play in the rain just like he did when he was a toddler, yet I lose sleep over all the diseases that come along during the rainy season. Apart from viral infections, the scarier ones are like chikungunya, dengue and Zika and some which we don’t even know the names of. I have seen some of my friends suffer specially from chikungunya and still complaint of joint pains even after months of apparently recovering from it. On top of that symptoms like fever, rash, joint pain, joint swelling and muscle pain are common among all.
A couple of weeks back, Kabir came back home with a bunch of mosquito bites all over his legs. And I was in a dilemma to let him play in the park or not, considering that I propagate free play and outdoors all the time. But it would be so unfair to restrict any of his activities, be it any season of the year. The same goes for me – I have been traveling a lot recently for my work. It involves exploring the city (yes, I love that part of blogging) and I also try to squeeze in a quick outdoor run if time permits. There is no way I will give up on these experiences and create content the way I have always dreamed of.
However, what I can do is take certain measures for my son and myself to keep diseases at bay. Given the circumstances, I would say that prevention and control is probably the only method to stay safe from all diseases. Some I had been following for years and some I have made a part of my routine recently –
- Build immunity. A spoonful of almond oil for my son and me, every day. It’s a very old Ayurvedic practice which I picked up from my grand mom.
- Getting enough sleep. I can’t stress more on this. At the same time, I’m painfully aware that I need to work on this.
- Eating 2-3 portions of seasonal fruit.
- Including seeds like Chia, flax, pumpkin in the diet to pack some micro nutrients in.
- Physical activity – run, walk, pilates, Zumba whatever works for you with good and clean food is probably the best way to make your body strong.
- Using mosquito repellents practically through the day, when indoors as dengue mosquitoes bite in the day time.
- Kids are usually in school or playing outdoor during the daytime so I always make sure to apply 4 dots of the absolutely 100% natural Good knight Fabric Roll-On on my kid’s clothes while he steps out. Wearing full sleeves even though we shouldn’t have to. I’m glad my son’s school allows them to wear sports pants to school during monsoons.
- When I was in the Philippines which gets rains almost through the year, if there was one thing that doctors used to insist on, it was to drink enough water. I know it’s tough to follow, if it wasn’t, there wouldn’t have been apps to remind you to drink water.
- Keeping the surroundings clean and I hate to say this but this is the most basic we can do.
*This article has been written in collaboration with Good Knight, however, all the views expressed are my own.